The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila was convicted in the state of Georgia in the United States in 2007 for $25,000 theft.
The certified true copy of the conviction of the man who has now risen to become of the most powerful Nigerians has been released.
Court documents show that Femi Gbajabiamila admitted “he accepted payment of $25,000 as settlement of a client’s personal injury claims, deposited those funds in his attorney trust account in January 2003, failed to promptly disclose those funds to his client, withdrew those funds for his personal use, closed his practice and moved out of the country.”
Although he eventually paid back the money to his client in 2003, he admitted that his conduct violated the law in Georgia and was banned from practicing law in Georgia for 36 months for theft and perjury.
Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos state, who is nursing a tall ambition to replace President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 is known in Nigeria as a Godfather and has been accused of mega theft and of snatching properties all over Lagos, using one land snatched from a school to set up a television station, Television Continental (TVC) with stolen money.
Tinubu who continues to operate like a drug baron has the loyalty of his foot soldiers, many of whom returned home with him from the United States. He has made some governors and others state or federal legislators to compensate them.